Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

National and World

May 27, 2014

TV show seeks teen rebels

NEW YORK — A television producer is seeking teenagers as young as 13 who like to make their own rules and “party like a rock star” to participate in a reality television series about their lives.

A Los Angeles-based casting company, Metal Flowers Media, placed a notice about the series “My Teen Life” in Backstage, a publication widely followed by entertainment professionals for job leads. The company said producers of “The Real Housewives of New York City” are looking for boys and girls ages 13 to 18 to cast.

“Parents, teachers and the haters are always in your business, but it’s your life and you live it how you want to,” the Backstage ad said. “If you’re a modern-day teenage rebel with a hardcore lifestyle, we want to hear your story.”

Kristi Russell, president of Metal Flowers Media, said Tuesday she is contractually not allowed to divulge details about “My Teen Life.” But she drew a comparison to casting for the A&E series “Intervention,” where substance abusers are confronted by loved ones who encourage them to seek treatment. “Intervention” is about trying to save people’s lives, she said.

“Anyone who knows Metal Flowers Media will immediately understand what we are up to,” Russell said. “I can say with a deeply ardent conviction and with 100 percent confidence that this series does not intend to exploit troubled teens, nor glamorize their lifestyle. In fact, the intent is quite the opposite.”

Russell would not say who is producing the series, or what network is interested in buying it.

The casting notice had a flyer attached that includes this message: “(expletive) parents. They’re old and don’t know (expletive). It’s 4:20 and time for your friend Molly to tell your story.” Molly is the name of a synthetic drug popular with many young fans of electronic dance music.

There is no such series in the works at Shed Media US, which produces “The Real Housewives of New York City,” said Jon Marcus, the company’s senior vice president of development. It’s possible that someone who once worked at “Real Housewives” is involved, but he said he was unaware of the project.

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